London, 4 November 2009

The-saleroom.com, the UK's leading live online antiques bidding site owned by ATG Media, will host a marathon two-day live auction on November 5h and 6th. The auction will have over 1100 lots and will include items of furniture, ceramics, art pieces, lighting, lamps, rugs and carpets and garden furniture.

The auction is being conducted by Adam Partridge Auctioneers and Valuers, based in Cheshire. However, because the auction will be broadcast live over the internet, the audience will potentially be from all over the world. The prestigious auction house has been expanding its buyer population in this way and conducting live auctions through the-saleroom.com for the last 12 months.

Confounding critics and sceptics who question whether live bidding for antiques is really here to stay, internet bidders buying through the-saleroom.com accounted for over 7,500 of lots sold at auction in September 2009, representing over 15 per cent of the total lots sold. The equivalent numbers for September 2008 were 3,100 lots and just 8 per cent.

The-saleroom.com delivers over 100 registered internet bidders to every auction linked up to its service which, when added to existing bidders in the room and on the telephone, comes as a welcome boost to potential buyer figures. Auctioneers are able to monitor the activity on the site and receive live bids from collectors and private individuals sitting in the comfort of their own home. The average price of antiques bought on the-saleroom.com is around £500.

Anne Somers, Chief Executive of ATG Media, owners of the-saleroom.com, commented:

"Our statistics reflect the increasing trend of buyers to opt for convenience and efficiency over time and energy. Buyers no longer have time to travel to auctions around the country and view objects in person. Our platform is secure, stream-lined and user-friendly and we expect to see these numbers continuing to grow even more impressively over the next 12 months."

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